Governor Tim Walz is expected to announce his decision later today (2pm) about a possible statewide mask mandate amid COVID-19.

“Getting people to buy into the mandate is not to punish people, it’s to put the emphasis behind doing that and what I’ve said is if the President wears a mask, you will instantly see 10% of the public or more go up and do this.”

On Tuesday Walz praised the president for a recent tweet indicating that to wear a mask was patriotic. Several Minnesota cities have already instituted their own mask mandates, including Mankato, the Twin Cities, Duluth and St. Cloud.